Just how many animals should be allowed on a single piece of property in the city? The council will review the matter. 

The Houston City Council will consider restricting the number and kind of animals residing in the city limits.

The decision occurred Monday during a meeting of the council. The ordinance, which is still being drafted, will be discussed during a Nov. 21 meeting. With research still under way, the proposal being studied would decrease the number of animals a resident could own and place restricts on other animals, such as livestock, and where they could be situated.

In other matters, the council:

-Set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Dec. 5 to hear a request from the Christie family to rezone property it owns east of the Texas County Justice Center. The proposal would rezone the east and west side of Grand Avenue to the city limits from residential to central business district. City officials say the Christies have an offer on the tract.

-Okayed plans to seek a grant to create a park with a small soccer field and picnic tables off Westwood Drive across from the Houston Memorial Airport. If approved, the city’s outlay on the project would be 45 percent. A similar grant was used to upgrade the Houston Municipal Swimming Pool.

-Learned health insurance rates will remain unchanged in 2012 – the first time in many years.

-Heard the city will take delivery on a new street sweeper, which will replace a nearly 40-year-old model. The cost is $76,319, and it is set to arrive early next year. The city was able to take advantage of special pricing through a state contract.

-Heard that DNR did not receive water samples for September in Houston, and a special message to users will be printed in the Houston Herald. The city says they were sent but did not arrive at their destination.

-Have awarding bids for property clearing on the north portion of the airport. Cary Stewart Construction of West Plains is the low bidder. Strukel Electric will renovate the beacon. Work will begin soon under a program administered by MoDOT. The work will allow for a safer flight pattern for aircraft coming into the airstrip.

-Authorized seeking a new flood buyout grant for property situated at Highway F and U.S. 63. Over the years, several pieces of property have been cleaned up.

-Heard the city continues to study new lighting for South Sam Houston Blvd.

-Learned backup generators are in place at city buildings at Oak Hill Drive and West Highway 17.

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